FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas senior wide receiver/punt returner Joe Adams has been named an All-American by the Football Writers Association of America, as announced on Saturday afternoon.
Adams, who was selected as the team’s return specialist, is the first Razorback to earn All-America honors from the FWAA since Jonathan Luigs and Darren McFadden in 2007.
The SEC Special Teams Player of the Year, Adams leads the country with three punt return touchdowns and an average of 16.19 yards per punt return. In addition to Arkansas, only two other teams in the country have returned three punts for touchdowns this season. A finalist for the Paul Hornung Award, Adams also has three receiving touchdowns and scored on a 92-yard touchdown rush against Auburn, is the only player in the NCAA with rushing, receiving and multiple punt return touchdowns in 2011.
His career total of four punt return touchdowns is tied for the lead among all active players nationally and tied for fourth all-time in the SEC. Adams ranks tied for second on the SEC’s single-season punt return touchdown list, one behind the conference’s single-season record.
Adams ranks fourth in the SEC with an average of 4.1 receptions per game and is sixth in the conference with 52.5 receiving yards per game. The Little Rock, Ark., native ranks second on Arkansas’ all-time career receptions list with 159
Adams finishes his collegiate career Jan. 6 in the 76th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic when the Razorbacks, who finished sixth in the BCS standings, take on Kansas State, which was eighth in the final BCS standings, inside Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The game will air on Fox beginning at 7 p.m.